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Graduates from different UK medical schools vary in postgraduate exam performance

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39489.670822.DB (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:347
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Graduates from some UK medical schools consistently perform better than others in postgraduate medical exams, says a study published this week. The authors say that their finding supports the introduction of a national licensing examination for doctors.

    The study retrospectively analysed the performance from 2003 to 2005 of 5827 doctors from 19 UK medical schools in one or more of the three examinations required for membership of the Royal College of Physicians. This is an international postgraduate assessment that is important for career progression and is attempted by about 30% of all UK medical graduates.

    The research group looked at performance in parts 1 and 2 of the written examination, which are multiple choice assessments, and in part 2 of …

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